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Colonizing the Moon
New Papyrus Magazine ^ | AUGUST 27, 2009 | Marcel F. Williams

Posted on 02/03/2012 11:43:04 AM PST by RoosterRedux

The primary focus of NASA's-- manned space program-- should be the pioneering and colonization of the rest of the solar system. That means building the space transportation and habitat infrastructure that can get humans into space and settled into the rest of the solar system. That would also mean minimizing the use of terrestrial resources while maximizing the use of extraterrestrial resources in order for humans to survive in the New Frontier. But any significant deviation of our manned space program away from the primary goal of-- human colonization-- would be a waste of tax payer dollars, IMO. And it seems obvious that the first logical step in that pioneering and colonization effort should be our closest neighbor in space-- the Moon.

But we've been to the Moon already. So why return?

Sure 12 Americans briefly visited the lunar surface back in the late 1960s and early 1970s (Apollo 11, 12, 14, 15, 16, and 17) but we never tried to live there or live off the land! And that's a big difference.

NASA needs to focus on sending lunar habitat modules to the lunar surface in order to build a permanent and continuously growing manned facility. Such a facility would have immediate scientific, commercial, and strategic benefits:

1. We'll finally discover if the Moon's 1/6 hypogravity environment is deleterious to human health over several months or even several years as is the case of the microgravity environment aboard a space station. If it does turn out the the Moon's low gravity is harmful to humans over the long run, we'll also be able to determine if exercise, wearing weighted back packs, and, or, supplying temporary artificial gravity via a small rotating centrifuges can mitigate or eliminate these deleterious effects. On the other hand, if the lunar hypogravity environment turns out not to be harmful to health and reproduction in humans and other animals then colonizing the heavier hypogravity environment of Mars should be a cinch.

2. We'll finally be able to see if we can economically extract oxygen for air, water manufacturing (with imported hydrogen), and rocket fuel from lunar rocks and dirt.

3. We'll finally be able to accurately determine how much lunar regolith is required appropriately protect humans from galactic and solar radiation.

4. We can finally build and test the first electric powered mass drivers on the lunar surface to see if we can export lunar material economically into lunar orbit or to L1, L2, L4, or L5. Lunar material cheaply transported into orbit could provide us with a cheap source of oxygen and radiation shielding for orbit space stations and interplanetary vehicles. Lunar manufactured aluminum transported into orbit by lunar mass drivers could also be used for rocket fuel and solar sail manufacturing.

5. We'll finally be able to see how well we can grow crops and raise animals on the Moon for food.

6. Telescopes placed on the lunar surface could revolutionize astronomy taking full advantage of the natural vacuum and the 14 days of lunar night while being able to be easily maintained by humans already living on the lunar surface.

Colonization, of course, does not preclude the exploration, commercialization, or industrialization of other worlds. In fact, it greatly enhances it!

Robots capable of traveling up to 10 kilometers per hour could be sent out to explore the Moon from the lunar base. If they averaged 5 kilometers per hour, they could travel 120 kilometers per day, 1200 kilometers in 10 days, more than half the circumference of the Moon in less than 50 days. They could explore regions, collect rocks and dirt, and then return the samples back to the base. Unmanned robotic sorties could land inside deep craters, collect rocks and soil, and then take off into L1 where an Orion could pick them up during a manned mission to the Moon to return the samples back to Earth. So a single lunar base doesn't preclude lunar exploration. Eventually, a lunar regolith shielded (via lunar mass drivers) L1 station could utilize reusable manned lunar landers that could explore various regions of the Moon while also transporting humans to lunar bases of Americans and other countries.

In the long run, lunar colonist might live under more spacious Earth-like environments under huge pressurized plastic domes, perhaps a few hundred meters in diameter, appropriately protected from radiation from an insulating layer of water and from micrometeorites by an outer of lunar regolith. Eventually, hydrogen, carbon, nitrogen, chlorine and other useful agricultural and industrial chemicals could be imported far more cheaply from the asteroids or from the moons of Mars than from the Earth's surface. A large lunar population, mostly independent of terrestrial resources, might eventually generate revenue from wealthy tourist traveling to the Moon from the Earth, the burial of light weight and compact cremated human remains transported from Earth, the round trip of cremated remains returning to Earth sprinkled with Moon dust within a lunar urn manufactured from lunar materials, and perhaps the export of lunar uranium to Earth for the nuclear energy industry (I'll believe in lunar helium-3 mining when I see the first commercial fusion reactor on Earth).

However, satellite manufacturing and launching, might be the Lunarian's largest industry since it requires at least 20 times less energy to launch a satellite into Earth orbit from the Moon than from the Earth's surface. Additionally, fewer satellites may have to be launched from the Moon than from the Earth since they could be cheaply launched into high Earth orbits where only three networking satellites would be required rather than dozens of low Earth orbiting networking satellites. The Lunarians could therefore someday be at the core of the 100 billion dollar a year satellite telecommunications industry which could grow into a multi-trillion dollar a year industry within the next 20 or 30 years. Future historians may well ask why humans didn't reap the economic benefits of lunar industrialization by colonizing the Moon back in the 1970s or 1980s instead of waiting until the early 21st century.


TOPICS: Astronomy; Politics; Science
KEYWORDS: civilizedetroitfirst; horseshirt; newtgingrich
Since this is from a blog (not my personal blog BTW), I posted the entire article. New Papyrus is "the online magazine of science, technology, socioeconomics and politics."

There is a video at the source.

I post this because of its pertinence to Newt's recent comments on the space coast in FL. Furthermore, I thought it was an interesting article.

1 posted on 02/03/2012 11:43:08 AM PST by RoosterRedux
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To: RoosterRedux
The US government should sell real estate on the moon. If you can get there and claim the land, then you should have full title and ownership of it for a minimal cost. The land should be seen as US territory, and be subject to US taxation, with the US military standing ready to guard against invaders.

I think this would violate international law -- but who cares?

2 posted on 02/03/2012 11:49:44 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (When the night falls, it falls on me, and when the day breaks I'm in pieces.)
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To: RoosterRedux
Nobody here gets it.

Asteroid 1986 DA, just to pick one, contains over 10,000 tons of gold and 100,000 tons of platinum. All of the metals in that body, if delivered in 2010, would have had a value of over $25 trillion. The Moon could contain strikes of similar value. Why has nobody sought this profit?

Nobody looks at the legal blockade to extraterrestrial profits, because they don't even know it exists. The Johnson administration managed to export the principals of socialism to the entirety of space:

"The exploration and use of outer space, including the moon and other celestial bodies, shall be carried out for the benefit and in the interests of all countries, irrespective of their degree of economic or scientific development, and shall be the province of all mankind." Article I of The Treaty on Principles Governing the Activities of States in the Exploration and Use of Outer Space, Including the Moon and Other Celestial Bodies of 1967.

Ferdinand and Isabella gave Columbus a few sheckles, but it took quite some time before finance evolved enough to put together profit making ventures that yielded boatloads of gold. It is time for us to free space from socialism and allow the cornerston to free enterprise - private property.

I do not favor any large government expenditures for Solyndra on the Moon. I just wish that when the debate tries to revive the excitement of Apollo, that SOMEBODY would say the Outer Space Treaty makes for profit investment IMPOSSIBLE.

Withdraw from the Treaty.

3 posted on 02/03/2012 11:51:26 AM PST by frithguild (Withdraw from the 1967 Treaty on Outer Space. It bans private property and profits.)
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To: frithguild

Spain's approach to this problem was much better than LBJ's approach.

4 posted on 02/03/2012 11:58:45 AM PST by ClearCase_guy (When the night falls, it falls on me, and when the day breaks I'm in pieces.)
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To: RoosterRedux
While I agree that NASA should be looking up and out, I still think Mars is a better target than the Moon.

(1) Higher gravity. It has twice the gravity of the Moon so there is a better chance that humans can live there long term.

(2) The ability to live off the land. Mars has everything you need to make air, water and rocket fuel either in the atmosphere or a few inches under the soil. You can do a lot more when you don't have to haul all the basic needs of life with you.

(3) Less surface radiation. Mars's atmosphere blocks out solar radiation. You still get cosmic rays, but those take years of time outside the shelter to build up. On the moon one solar flare while you aren't under cover and you are at a lethal dose in minutes.

(4) Lunar regolith is nasty stuff. It is like powdered glass only more abrasive. Equipment failures on a moon base are going to be a real problem due to dust contamination. Now Mars has a lot of dust too. But wind erosion tends to round off the grains. So it isn't much worse than desert sand here on Earth. And we have a lot of experience developing equipment to deal with sand contamination.

(5) Normal day/night cycle. A sol on Mars is only a few minutes longer than a day on Earth. So while the solar cells are less efficient, they only have to last through 12 hours and 19 minutes of darkness. On the Moon the solar panels are much more efficient, but the batteries have to last through 14 days of absolute darkness.
5 posted on 02/03/2012 12:01:39 PM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: RoosterRedux

6 posted on 02/03/2012 12:02:47 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!

Yowie! Those moonchicks are fugly!;-)


7 posted on 02/03/2012 12:06:12 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: RoosterRedux

Imagine if we had started building a moon base in the 1970’s.


8 posted on 02/03/2012 12:06:14 PM PST by dainbramaged (I lost my mantra around 1969.)
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To: RoosterRedux
Are these any better?


9 posted on 02/03/2012 12:08:23 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Revolting cat!
Here's my idea of a moonchick...


10 posted on 02/03/2012 12:09:46 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: RoosterRedux
Here are real Moon people!


11 posted on 02/03/2012 12:13:36 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: RoosterRedux

Mankinds destiny lay in the stars.


12 posted on 02/03/2012 12:14:56 PM PST by BigCinBigD
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To: RoosterRedux

The idea of manned space explorations is nothing but a blatant attempt to woo votes from the government employees and government contractor employees in the aerospace industry. It’s a complete waste of money. There is no conceivable material on the moon or any other exotic location in the solar system that is worth the cost of getting it.


13 posted on 02/03/2012 12:21:41 PM PST by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: from occupied ga
Oh yeah!

Well, I heard the universe is really flat and when you go over the edge, you fall into a black hole!;-)

And if that weren't bad enough, there's no cell phone service in a black hole.

14 posted on 02/03/2012 12:31:41 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: from occupied ga
And your proof of this theoretical analysis is ...?

If it's here on Earth, it's found throughout the cosmos.

What's the asteroids, moon and Mars made of? Pixie dust?

15 posted on 02/03/2012 12:32:09 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Geithner: Taxes on 'Small Business' Must Rise So Government Doesn't 'Shrink')
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To: RoosterRedux
This discussion is all academic anyway because NASA has forgotten how to build moon rockets.

The Lost Art of the Saturn V

We can't get there anymore!

16 posted on 02/03/2012 12:43:07 PM PST by Timber Rattler (Just say NO! to RINOS and the GOP-E)
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To: from occupied ga
For Instance:

Subtly Shaded Map of Moon Reveals Titanium Treasure Troves

Ever hear of a Nickle-Iron Asteroid? Carbon Asteroids? Water on the Moon? Water on Mars?

The Moon is full of silica's for glass, Iron and far more that have built up from billions of years of bombardments.

The notion that none of these elements exists in space is ludicrous.

It's thought that some of the richest iron and copper deposits on Earth were put here for our use by asteroid impacts.

Just a thought.

17 posted on 02/03/2012 12:43:30 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Geithner: Taxes on 'Small Business' Must Rise So Government Doesn't 'Shrink')
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica; RoosterRedux
Y'all don't understand chemistry do you? I know what's there because I know what this is. It's the same on the moon, on mars, in Andromeda, and in the most remote galaxies seen by Hubble.
18 posted on 02/03/2012 12:45:15 PM PST by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
Water on Mars?

Ever hear of economics? he Apollo program cost $24 billion in 1970 dollars and brought back 841 lb of moon rocks. It they could have brought more back they would have. SO that works out to about $1783000 per OUNCE for moon rocks. How much do you think iron and silica are worth?

19 posted on 02/03/2012 12:48:42 PM PST by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: RoosterRedux
How about this one?
20 posted on 02/03/2012 12:49:19 PM PST by EEGator
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To: EEGator

She’s the one who ultimately saddled us with Obama. She works it out with the hubby, and Obama never makes it to the Senate.


21 posted on 02/03/2012 12:51:48 PM PST by RinaseaofDs (Does beheading qualify as 'breaking my back', in the Jeffersonian sense of the expression?)
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To: EEGator

That’ll do just fine!


22 posted on 02/03/2012 12:53:39 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: RoosterRedux

I could see a moon colony being an outstanding retirement home for seniors and other people with limited mobility. The 1/6 gravity would significantly reduce mortality from hip and pelvic fractures and then the low gravity would be a boon for paraplegics and amputees.

Just saying.


23 posted on 02/03/2012 1:15:21 PM PST by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: RoosterRedux

None of you guys gets it. Obama sez that the purpose of NATO is to fund Islam.


24 posted on 02/03/2012 1:15:55 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: RoosterRedux

Another big thrill from having such a colony would be that the poor stiffs in SETI (Search for Extra Terrestrial Intelligence), listening to headphones and staring at video screens would finally be able to monitor radio/TV signals from an actual extra-terresrial source.......after what; 40 years or more? Because they’re not likely to hear any from anywhere else./Sarc.


25 posted on 02/03/2012 1:46:21 PM PST by Tucker39
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To: frithguild
..., and shall be the province of all mankind."

I actually don't see a conflict. I'm no lawyer but I can weasel profit from beneath that language. Everyone would benefit from more resources, raw materials and pharms

of course I didn't read the article so this may be in there but - Earth orbit platforms, habitats and service stations are necessary to build and sustain a presence on the moon. Carrying everything from A to B would not work.

26 posted on 02/03/2012 2:03:14 PM PST by NativeSon ( Grease the floor with Crisco when I dance the Disco)
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To: Cicero
Hey, I think you're onto something there.

Since Allah is the Moon god, maybe the Saudis will contribute in a meaningful way. They can build a Moon mosque in which to store ray guns and lasers...and foment hatred of Space Jews.

27 posted on 02/03/2012 2:12:45 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: RoosterRedux

I’d rather my taxes first went to find a cancer cure. After that go to the moon.


28 posted on 02/03/2012 2:17:23 PM PST by ex-snook ("above all things, truth beareth away the victory")
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To: ClearCase_guy

Sure, but will it grow prize winning tomatoes?


29 posted on 02/03/2012 2:23:11 PM PST by bgill (The Obama administration is staging a coup. Wake up, America, before it's too late.)
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To: RinaseaofDs

That was just as much his fault...plus she’s super hot.


30 posted on 02/03/2012 2:35:42 PM PST by EEGator
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To: RoosterRedux

[ Hey, I think you’re onto something there.

Since Allah is the Moon god, maybe the Saudis will contribute in a meaningful way. They can build a Moon mosque in which to store ray guns and lasers...and foment hatred of Space Jews. ]

No No No, we need to help establish a colony of Jewish people on the moon, that way whenever those knuckheaded savages that worship the moon look up at the moon the bile in their tummies starts burning a hole in their organs because there won’t be a damn thing they can do about it and since the Jewish folks were the first there they would have no “right to return” to even claim that they should be taking over the moon either. (won’t stop them from trying).

So when the ROPers get pissed and start bombing space shuttles and port the Jews on the moon can send them a few extra “kabba stones” down on their heads at 24,000mph.


31 posted on 02/03/2012 2:47:33 PM PST by GraceG
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To: EEGator

[ How about this one? ]

She is somewhat indirectly responsible for Obama’s rise to power....

GUILTY


32 posted on 02/03/2012 2:48:21 PM PST by GraceG
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To: GraceG

You’re just jealous.


33 posted on 02/03/2012 2:56:51 PM PST by EEGator
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To: RoosterRedux

The moon is a racist planet. When is the last time anyone has seen a moon man of color? I mean other than orange or purple.


34 posted on 02/03/2012 3:24:11 PM PST by Leep (It's gonna be a Newt day!)
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To: GonzoGOP
On the moon one solar flare while you aren't under cover and you are at a lethal dose in minutes.

How long does it take for the typical solar flare to arrive? Quite a few hours, no?

35 posted on 02/03/2012 3:57:16 PM PST by Lady Lucky (I like to fire people. I don't care about the poor.)
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To: ex-snook

The cure for cancer is not a matter of money...but of time, hard work, ingenuity and good fortune.


36 posted on 02/03/2012 5:03:18 PM PST by RoosterRedux (Newt: "Why vote for the guy who lost to the guy who lost to Obama?")
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To: from occupied ga
So we ought to sit here on this single planet, bein fruitful and multiplying over and over and over all the rest of eternity and make no attempt to colonize the worlds around us, huh?

Quite the plan!

Sound like a liberal

< liberal wheeze > But we can't afford to go to the moon! We have too many problems here on Earth to take care of first!! < /liberal wheeze>

37 posted on 02/03/2012 10:51:37 PM PST by HeartlandOfAmerica (Geithner: Taxes on 'Small Business' Must Rise So Government Doesn't 'Shrink')
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
So we ought to sit here on this single planet, bein fruitful and multiplying over and over and over all the rest of eternity and make no attempt to colonize the worlds around us, huh?

Yep,that's right, you actually figured out something correctly - spend your own money on your own pipe dreams liberal. Liberals like you, 0bama, Jessie Jacksin etc. all want to spend someone ELSE's money on their silly ideas. Colonize space to your heart's delight, but spend your own money to do it. BTW I think of people like you when I read this column by Thomas Sowell column

The real liberal whine is "I wanna spend tax dollars on ridiculous things because I think they're cool." Something you and your immature spoiled whiny fellow space kadets come out with on every thread that mentions space. Did any of you actually graduate from high school? The actual depth of your ignorance is astonishing, None of you have a clue about physics, chemistry and most of all economics.

come back when you get a clue, or better still don't come back at all I get bored arguing with arrogant ignormauses who are too stupid to realize who totally clueless they are,

38 posted on 02/04/2012 12:05:59 AM PST by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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To: brytlea; cripplecreek; decimon; bigheadfred; KoRn; Grammy; married21; steelyourfaith; Mmogamer; ...

Thanks RoosterRedux. It’s an “extra, extra” ping to the APoD list et al.


39 posted on 02/04/2012 8:17:14 AM PST by SunkenCiv (FReep this FReepathon!)
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To: HeartlandOfAmerica
Scott Adams must know you


40 posted on 02/05/2012 9:11:34 AM PST by from occupied ga (your own government is your most dangerous enemy)
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